Students should have chances to explore and engage in their interests, meanwhile they must also be prepared for university and future careers. With this belief, IBSH provides students with various options of electives: 16 electives ( including AP courses), 8 Chinese electives, as well as 12 Art & Technology electives. High school students can choose 1 general elective, 2 Chinese electives, and 2 Art & Technology electives every school year. Seniors have a choice of an additional senior elective offered only to them.
The IBSH Honors Program provides selected students with opportunities to advance their education through qualitatively robust, engaging, and enriching experience of higher academic expectations. Honors classes are only offered in mathematics classes in grades 9-11 as of 2020-2021 the school year.. In honors courses, students are expected to take a greater responsibility for their process of learning than in regular courses. In order to take Honors Program, students must fill specific requirements provided by the math department as well as serious academic commitments.
Our school offers Advanced Placement (AP) courses for students to take college-level courses and exams, and earn college credit or placement while still in high school. IBSH is approved by College Board to teach AP courses based on the superior academic quality of its college preparatory program. AP courses are available to serious students in Grades 10-12. The courses culminate in rigorous examinations held in May.
Pre-AP courses are open to all students. The Pre-AP Program objectives are to:
- Significantly increase the number of students who are able to access and complete college-level work—like AP—before leaving high school.
- Improve the college readiness of all students.
IBSH received an official Pre-AP designation for English I, English II and the chance to bring engaging coursework to all their students. This designation signals consistent, high standards in focused courses that help build, strengthen, and reinforce student’s content knowledge and skills. The 9th & 10th grade courses provide teachers and students with instructional resources, classroom-based assessments, high-quality professional learning, and focused practice.
“We applaud the educators and administrators in IBSH who have worked to clear a path for all of their students,” said Auditi Chakravarty, Vice President of SpringBoard and Pre-AP Programs. “They are fostering a culture in their schools and classrooms that allows all students to learn the foundational knowledge and skills they need to be successful.”
Each Pre-AP course has been developed by committees of expert educators, including middle school, high school, and college faculty. These development committees work with the College Board to design effective instructional resources that emphasize and prioritize the content and skills that matter most for later high school coursework and college and career readiness. Pre-AP will continue to evolve through educator involvement, and IBSH will be a critical partner.
More information on the College Board Pre-AP Program can be found here: Preap.collegeboard.org